(Photo: Corrigan Sports/All-American Lacrosse)
On Saturday night, the 44 best seniors in high school lacrosse took the turf at Homewood Field for the All-American Game. The North bested the South 22-16. Syracuse-bound Joey Spallina earned MVP honors
Here’s a look at some of the standouts from Saturday’s contest:
Joey Spallina, A, Mount Siani (N.Y.) – Syracuse
In a game that features nine future Syracuse teammates, it was the top-ranked player in the nation that garnered the most attention as he helped lead the North squad to victory. Spallina was as expected, putting up highlight reel play after highlight reel play, on Saturday night and walked off the field with six points (4G/2A) and as the game’s MVP.
Max Sloat, A, Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) – Duke
The Duke-bound California native step up for the South squad and ended the day as his team’s leading scorer. Once again showcasing his ability to get free and find the back of the cage, he put up four goals. He also had two ground balls and one caused turnover, making noise in between the boxes as well.
Finn Thompson, A/M, Everest Academy (Ont.) – Syracuse
Another future Syracuse player who stood out on Saturday night, the versatile Canadian ended the day with a hat trick to help lead the North squad to victory. His first two goals game consecutively late in the first quarter and helped spark a five-goal North run. His final goal came off a feed from future teammate Michael Leo and put his team up 13-12. They never trailed again after that.
AJ Larkin, LSM, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – Maryland
Larkin proved why he is regarded as arguably the best LSM in the class on Saturday night as he seemingly made plays all over the field. Not only did Larkin showcase his defensive prowess with the best defensive highlight of the night (textbook kayak check on Joey Terenzi), but he also made plays on the offensive end. Larkin had one goal, one assists, four ground balls, and one caused turnover.
Henry Bard, D, Lower Merion (Pa.) – Duke
Another future Duke Blue Devil making plays on Saturday night was Henry Bard. The defenseman proved to be one of the biggest impact players on the back end and was seemingly everywhere. He ended the day with a game-high five caused turnovers while also
Andrew McMeekin, FO, Episcopal (Pa.) – Princeton
Faceoff play in showcase type games can be streaky with nobody really playing a full game. The Princeton-bound McMeekin was the best of the group on Saturday night, going 14-for-26 (53.8%) as a member of the South squad. He also had an assist as well.
Jimmy McCool, G, The New Hampton School (N.H.) – Syracuse
McCool hoped in cage at the beginning of the second half when things were all tied up at 12-12 and put on a show in the final 30 minutes of play, helping the North squad get and remain ahead through the final whistle. The future Syracuse Orange ended the day with seven saves.